An Accra Circuit Court jailed a 34-year old, unemployed, Mohammed Ussif Kantoosi for falsely pretending to be a public officer, attempting to commit crime and defrauding by false pretense.
Mohammed Ussif Kantoosi the convict was said to have attempted to obtain the consent of one Georgina Opoku to part with some state items and defrauded one Ambassador Leslie Kojo Christian of GH¢14,000.00 pretending to be Dr Raymond Atuguba, the former Executive Secretary of the President.
The court presided over by Mrs. Abena Oppong Adjin Doku found the accused guilt after he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him
He is to serve 15 years for attempting to commit crime, 5 years for defrauding by false pretence and also to pay a fine of 100 penalty units for falsely pretending to be a public officer. GNA reported
The state prosecution Deputy Superintendent of Police, Abraham Annor said that the complainant is a fashion designer, while the convict is unemployed.
He said on July 7, 2014, Mohammed managed to get the cell phone number of the Eastern Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Sumaila, called him and presented himself to him as Dr Raymond Atuguba, the Executive Secretary of the President.
Mr Annor said Mohammed told the Chairman that the President John Dramani Mahama asked him (Dr Atuguba) to get the following 18 laptops, five iphones and three galaxy note 3 phones to be sent to Bole Bamboi in the Northern Region.
The prosecution said the NDC chairman then gave the complainants number to the convict to contact her for the items.
He told the court that Mohammed called the complainant and introduced himself as Dr Atuguba, and told her that the President needed the above items to be sent to the Northern Region urgently.
DSP Annor said the complainant organised and had all the items worth GH¢58, 000.00 ready and called the accused person to give her a written note to confirm the request for the items.
Mohammed asked the complainant to meet him at the Flag Staff House on July 8, 2014 with the invoice of the items. When she got there the complainant called her and asked her that he was in a meeting and she should drop the invoice at the front desk, He said.
He also revealed to the court that Mohammed started calling the complainant offering her some job appointments. Such as being the Minister Foreign Affairs, which complainant rejected because she did not qualify.
The prosecution said at this point the complainant became alarmed and suspected foul play, so she to the Flag Staff House and explained her ordeal, which the BNI was alerted.
DSP Annor said the complainant was made to tell the convict that she had dispatched the items to Tamale by STC so he should send someone to pick them, to which the convict also reply he had instructed the accountant to effect payment of the items to her by July 15.
On July 10, 2014, a man by named Mumuni Sumaila came the STC yard in Tamale to pick the items where he was arrested by BNI operatives and he led them to the convict at Katariga in Tamale where he was arrested.